Note to King Lear, 2.4.7: "cruel garters"


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cruel garters: i.e., the stocks in which Kent is pinioned, with a pun on crewel garters, a common item of fashionable clothing in Shakespeare's time.
Kent in StocksCrewel EmbroideryGarter and Netherstocking
Stockscrewelcrewel
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The Erratic Muse
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"Crewelwork" by VAwebteam at English Wikipedia